Celtic bans 3 fans for throwing flares on field during game
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Scottish club Celtic suspended three fans on Monday for setting off flares and is being investigated by police for several outbreaks of crowd trouble during a Scottish Cup match.
In a strong statement, the Scottish champions said the supporters in question “have again caused embarrassment to Celtic” and that they “simply do not care about our club.”
The incidents took place during Celtic’s 3-0 win over Stranraer on Sunday. Supporters used pyrotechnic devices, a smoke bomb was thrown onto the field, and there is alleged to have been sectarian singing and chanting.
Police Scotland said four supporters were arrested for football-related and public-order offenses before and during the match.
Celtic was charged by UEFA for setting off flares during a Europa League match against Fenerbahce in December. The club is set to receive its punishment on Feb. 18.
Celtic manager Ronny Deila has said that fan trouble is “something that is making a bad reputation for the club.”